(See previous post: CEO David Siegel Threatens Employees with Layoffs If Obama Is Reelected)
Last week, billionaire CEO David Siegel, who runs a timeshare empire, threatened to fire employees if President Obama is reelected in November, saying in an email, “the economy doesn’t currently pose a threat to your job. What does threaten your job however, is another 4 years of the same Presidential administration.”
And Siegel is not alone in pushing his employees to cast their vote a certain way. MSNBC’s Chris Hayes reported today on another CEO — Arthur Allen of ASG Software Solutions — who said in an email to his employees that they’d only have themselves to blame if they lose their jobs if Obama wins. Read Email Here
In These Times also reported today that a company owned by billionaire right-wing activists David and Charles Koch sent pro-Romney mailers to its employees. The mailer gives a veiled warning that, if Obama is reelected, “then many of our more than 50,000 U.S. employees and contractors may suffer the consequences, including higher gasoline prices, runaway inflation, and other ills.”
Boy, its no secret who big-business is behind.
It still shocks me though to see big business owners, in an attempt to force their employees to vote Republican, use tactics like manipulation and threats so openly. I can only imagine what I would’ve done if my boss had pulled something like that on me. I may have been fired, but silence (on my part) would not have been an option.